Relief associations, just like individuals, may be targets of “phishing” scams. The scammer sends an e-mail or text message that tries to trick you into providing sensitive relief association information. Often the phishers claim to be from an organization that works with the relief association.
If you receive a message asking for the relief association’s financial information, including bank account numbers or other sensitive information, do not reply and do not click on any links in the message. If the message appears to be from an organization that you know, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends that you contact the organization by using a telephone number that you know to be genuine or by opening a new Internet browser session and typing in the company’s correct Web address. Tips for recognizing and avoiding phishing scams is provided on the FTC website.
Published last in the September 2019 Pension Newsletter